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Birding, Birders and all things Birds

This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

Location: Austin, TX
Members: 32
Latest Activity: Apr 11

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What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete

Started by Steph S. Apr 9. 0 Replies

The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree -- reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species -- tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study also helps…Continue

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 2 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Massive seabird mortality reported in Atlantic

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 7. 1 Reply

March 2014: Following the severe storms of the last three months, more…Continue

A Bird Flies South, and It’s News

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 2 Replies

DUXBURY, Mass. — The snowy owl seemed almost complacent, showing the…Continue

Disinfect bird feeders twice monthly

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 10. 5 Replies

Studying the evolution of virulence in bird disease, researchers discovered that virulence increases once a disease is established in an area. They suggest that evolution toward virulence is assisted by easy transmission around bird feeders.Bird…Continue

Tags: disfinfect bird feeders, avian disease virulence

Human Expansion Is Leaving Osprey of Canaries Cornered

Started by Steph S. Nov 29, 2013. 0 Replies

Nov. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from the GOHNIC Association in the…Continue

Add Your Voice to Protect the Red Knot from Extinction

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Liz E Nov 26, 2013. 1 Reply

The Red Knot has one of the most impressive migrations in the…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2012 at 2:03am

Steph, that would be great. Is there anything one can do to protect other birds, other than make holes smaller in birdhouses? I have tried to not attract birds to birdhouses, even though I collect them for their whimsey, and I have a lot of shrubs and trees where they nest. I hate it when I see an egg laying on the ground under the Spruce, never even having a chance to hatch. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 11:40pm
Joan the Brown-headed Cowbird and Starlings will lay eggs in other nests. There are other parasitic birds as well. I will make a discussion on it. I enjoyed the topic in my Ornithology classes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 11:08pm

Lillie, do I understand correctly that they lay eggs in other birds' nests? 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yes I see them with livestock a lot here.
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yeah I know - I still think they are a beautiful bird though.
Comment by Lillie on July 30, 2012 at 8:16pm

Starlings are not native to the Americas and are considered to be invasive competing with native birds for food and nesting sites.  They were introduced to New York in 1890-91 as part of an effort to have all birds mentioned in Shakespeare's Plays in the US.  By the 1940's they had spread to all US states and into Canada and Mexico.  It is thought there are now over one million birds in the US alone.  They tend to feed with livestock and have been known to spread diseases between animals.   The English Sparrow has a similar history.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 10:54am

La vie des oiseaux_Le Chardonneret

I don't use this audio in the garden, but it provides helpful information. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Thanks so much Joan for the audio.

European Starling

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 9:44am

Chardonneret : la Compilation la plus longue et compléte des meille...

This audio brings in goldfinch every time I play it in my garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2012 at 12:54am

Tammy S, I like that caption!

 

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